There’s a lot of information out there about coronavirus, or COVID-19, and it can be overwhelming to navigate. As usual when there’s a global pandemic, the CDC website is your best source for information for how to avoid the virus, and how to recognize symptoms should you come into contact with it. The WHO (World Health Organization) is another good source for accurate, up-to-date information about the where the virus is located and how quickly it’s spreading.
There are measures we can take to minimize the spread of the virus and avoid contact with it. A few of these you have certainly heard, and a few others you may have not considered. These items will help to keep you and those around you safe and healthy.
Stay at home
Regardless of where you live, whether you’re in a state that has enacted shelter-in-place or not, everyone is safest if they avoid going out as much as possible. The CDC recommends only leave your home for things such as groceries, prescriptions, and other essential items. This will protect you and others.
Wear a mask or face covering when outside
The CDC now recommends the use of masks or cloth face coverings when you leave the house, especially in highly-trafficked areas such as grocery stores and pharmacies. This is in addition to staying at least six feet away from other people when you are outside.
Keep your distance
Practicing social distancing is one of the most effective ways to avoid coming into contact with COVID-19. This means keeping at least six feet in between yourself and others, and avoiding gatherings of groups of people. This is important, as even people who do not show any symptoms might be carriers and can spread the virus. By social distancing, you avoid coming into contact with it and possibly spreading it.
Wash your hands
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again! Washing your hands is the most effective way to keep viruses from spreading and from contracting one even if you’ve been exposed to it. It’s important to use soap and warm water, and to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to ensure anything you’ve come into contact with is removed.
Disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
Countertops, doorknobs, faucets, keyboards and toilets are among the surfaces that should be cleaned thoroughly and often, as viruses can be left on them.
Wipe down your phone.
We use our smartphones every day for multiple reasons—they can be practically an extension of our bodies. For that reason, they come into contact with countless surfaces. Make sure to clean your phone with alcohol to remove anything it might have picked up throughout the day.
Boost your immune system.
Including vitamins and supplements that boost your immune system in your routine can help to protect you from viruses and germs. Take a look at our guide to supplements for cold and flu season to see what you should stock up during this tenuous time.